Apple validates 13-inch LED backlight screens ahead of rumored ultra-portable debut

“Apple, which in January is expected to take the wraps off its slimmest and sleekest notebook in years, is reported to have placed orders for a new breed of 13.3-inch LED backlight units with production-ready quantities scheduled for delivery this month,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“[DigiTimes] sources disclosed that Nano-Op’s LED notebook BLU shipments in November were only about 10,000 units, but Apple orders are expected drive up shipments to over 90,000 units in December,” the report claims,” Marsal reports. “Of interest, DigiTimes notes that the component shipments to both Dell and Apple are ‘for high-end models,’ reinforcing assumptions that the Mac maker’s upcoming streamlined notebook will fall somewhere between its existing 13-inch consumer MacBooks and its 15- and 17-inch professional MacBook Pro models.”

“Apple is expected to use a keynote presentation by chief executive Steve Jobs on January 15th to introduce its new 13.3-inch notebook,” Marsal reports.


  1. The more interesting rumor about this new MacBook is its use of flash for storage, or a combination of flash and hard drive. Imagine, a limited amount of flash (like 16GB or maybe 32GB) to store the OS and app files, and an 80GB or 160GB “iPod-size” hard drive for user data files. No built-in optical drive. I think that would an awesome.

  2. Pat – she was just being kind and didn’t want to hurt you by pointing out centimeters aren’t the same as inches ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    Seriuosly though, assuming they do come out with 13 inch MBP, if that model is a success then smaller versions will be developed.

    Now that Apple is increasing market share, it will be able to offer different models without worrying about carrying too many products. They have to sell enough to cover the initial manufacturing costs.

  3. My 12 inch G4 Powerbook is “ok” but becoming a little small for these 53 year old eyes. When I’m at home I put a 20 inch monitor on the side and it works fine!

    I was into the Apple West Palm Beach store this week looking at the 15 inch, but it is a very large and heavy machine when compared with my current 12 inch.

    I would have purchased the Macbook 13 inch and given my 12 inch PB to the wife EXCEPT…

    1/ The glossy screen would drive me to drink even more than I do already already already. (Single malt makes me repeat my words words)

    2/ The “integrated” video on the 13 inch sucks the big one. So sloooooow when compared with my old 12 inch G4! Even surfing the net is horrible.

    IF the new 13 inch “macbook pro” or whatever it will be called has a/ a non-glossy screen and b/ a separate video card….

    I’m sold!

  4. Pat – I have a 12″ G4 and I like it fine (although the contrast between it and my brand new iMac 24″ is mindblowing ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” /> ). But the 12″ G4 display is very squarish. If the new display uses a widescreen-type aspect ratio, then you might very well have less screen area on a 13.3″ than the old 12″ G4 display.

    Of course, there is nothing sacred about the screen area on a 12″ G4. I am just familiar with it and I’m not sure that I would want to get a whole lot smaller… But with Apple’s push towards higher resolution LCDs, I might be willing to change my mind.

  5. As many on this thread have stated, the overriding opinion is this is nothing more than an upgrade of Macbooks to LED screens. Where would this ultraportable fit in with Apple’s marketing scheme? If it was touchscreen technology (wishful thinking folks) then maybe we have a winner, but I think that’s at least a year away.

    Maybe as some have said, a 13.3″ MBP?


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